programs that helps analyse volatile "cruft" files on your system


cruft-ng is a program to look over your system for anything that shouldn't be there, but is - the so called "cruft"; or for anything that should be there, but isn't.

cpigs is a program that by default works like dpigs but for volatile data. It prints out the package with the most volatile data (usually apt, plocate...) It can also dump it's whole state into a .csv format usable for more in depth analysis.

Both cruft-ng and cpigs base most of their results on dpkg's & plocate's databases, and also use a built-in custom homegrown ruleset to match volatile files - also known as "ghost" files on .rpm based systemds - to the corresponding engine.

Packages wanting to document such volatile files can do so using dh-cruft.

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